Monday, June 27, 2011

Hava Nagila Gets Indian Bhangra Treatment in Vancouver

It's been a while since we posted another in our ongoing series of unusual treatments of Hava Nagila.  Here's one that just surfaced, showing a performance in Vancouver of a fusion of Israeli Hora and Indian Bhangra by the Jewish Community Centre of Greater Vancouver and Surrey India Arts Club.

On May 13 these two groups performed together at the Vancouver Art Gallery Georgia Plaza, Vancouver, BC, Canada.

The performance begins with what appears to be a traditional hora with the music of Hava Nagila. After two minutes, the Israeli dancers exchange places with a troupe of Indian dancers who complete the hora and transition to a folk dance set to Bhangra music.

Bhangra is a form of Indian dance and music originated by farmers in the Punjabi region in the 11th century to celebrate the coming of the harvest season. The specific moves of bhangra reflect the manner in which villagers farmed their land. The performances are colorful and lively and we hope you enjoy them.

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